The Postgraduate Office in the Division for Research Development administers and manages a range of different funding instruments for postgraduate studies, including an institutional Postgraduate Scholarship Programme, several private bursaries as well as NRF, CSIR, SARAO, and so forth.
Postgraduate funding applications typically close in the current academic year for the following year's intake cycle. You should therefore apply for a postgraduate programme and apply for scholarships and bursaries in tandem (admission is not a requirement for some funding opportunities – please consult the specific funding call guideline documentation). For example, students in their final year of undergraduate studies must apply for funding for their Honours or Postgraduate Diploma year together with their application to study.
Please visit the Postgraduate Funding website for more information on postgraduate funding opportunities, eligibility criteria and requirements as well as closing dates.